As a Creative Guy, who is now a Creative Daddy, I’m on a never ending hunt for all things creative. I don’t want to make “cookie-cutter crafts” with my kid, and I don’t want to live a cookie-cutter life. I want to live life as creatively as I can, because in the end, that’s what I care about: constantly striving to learn, think, wonder and do better, as uniquely and expressively as I can. I want this for my kid, too.
So in November, I’m gonna PiBoIdMo.
DON’T WORRY! It’s not as filthy as it sounds, but in the thick of it all, you can get covered in some pretty filthy stuff. Bad ideas, good ideas, it’s all part of PiBoIdMo: Picture Book Idea Month.
PICTURE BOOK IDEA MONTH!?
Talk about the perfect task for a Creative Family.
I PiBoIdMo (yes, it’s a verb, get over it) every year, and have been since … I don’t when. I think it was 2012 but could be wrong. I’m probably right. That’s when I first stumbled into the online support world of picture book writers who had been merging forces for good storytelling and art. Since then, the numbers have swelled and it is one gigantic feel good party every time we post in our groups, listen to Podcasts (like the awesome Katie Davis’s Brain Burps!) and friend each other.
When you PiBoIdMo, it doesn’t cost you a cent! And if you’re not a writer, it’s okay – it could just be something to get your family rocking and rolling in their own creativity. It does take commitment and time, which all parents have loads of. Right? Can I get “Heeeeeeeeck Yeah!”?
It’s okay. I get it. Time is precious. Kids are exhausting – fulfilling and wonderful and amazing, but exhausting; especially when work and partners and family and friends are thrown in there with them.
But this is a BONDING OPPORTUNITY.
Every day, commit to sharing an idea. You could make separate lists, or a family list. The goal is to have 30 picture book ideas by the end of November. It doesn’t always happen, but that’s not the point, at least not as I have experienced it. The point is to get your brain pumping with ideas: good ones, great ones, silly ones, sucky ones, gross ones, stupid ones, awful ones. Write them all down.
You might end up sharing ideas throughout your entire supper if you’re not careful! Car rides, family walks, trips to the store, bed time, bath time … it doesn’t take long, and the support of a kid is super duper helpful in creating your own list of 30 picture book ideas. In the past, I’ve used my students to keep me accountable. This year, I don’t have that luxury, so I’m counting on my baby to do it.
Oh, he’s not able to talk, but I’m going to talk to him about it anyway. He was thrust into a creative environment the minute he was born (conceived? I sang and read to the kid the second I knew he was in there!) It’s one thing to write ideas down; it’s another to say them out loud. It makes the “oh, that’s AWESOME!” process a lot easier.
If you’re starting to consider participating, then check out the founder (and amazing multi-published and hilarious author) Tara Lazar’s website: www.taralazar.com. You can sign up there (free!) as of October 25th, and you just need to swear at the end that you did it. IF you want to win prizes, that is. Otherwise, you can take part “silently” without the whole oath part and just reap the benefits of the daily blog posts delivered to your inbox about creativity and ideas, as well as having a huge list of picture books to work on (with your kid, maybe) throughout the next year. No excuses for no ideas!
Will you PiBoIdMo with me?